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State Rep. Goggles to seek re-election in November

State Rep. Goggles to seek re-election in November

Apr 18, 2012 - By Joshua Scheer, Staff Writer

State Rep. Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete, announced Saturday at the Fremont County Democratic Convention that he will be seeking re-election in November.

"I wouldn't be here if I wasn't committed to what I do," he told his fellow party members. "I do intend to register in Cheyenne."

Goggles, 59, represents House District 33, which currently encompasses the Wind River Indian Reservation and Hudson. A legislative redistricting plan adopted earlier this year, and currently the subject of a lawsuit, would bring Atlantic City and South Pass into his district as well.

Goggles's day job is executive director of the Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing Authority.

The four-term Democrat first was elected to the House in 2004. In the 2010 election, Goggles beat Republican challenger Daniel Cardenas by 19 votes.

From 2010 through this year, Goggles was the House Minority Floor Leader. In 2009, he was the House Minority Whip.

Since joining the Legislature, he's served on a number of committees. During this year's budget session, Goggles was on the House Revenue Committee, House Rules and Procedures Committee, Management Council, Select Committee on Tribal Relations, National Conference of State Legislatures's Legislative Effectiveness, Council of State Governments-West's Executive Committee and the Joint Subcommittee on Federal Natural Resource Management.

In a follow-up interview, Goggles said he decided to run for another term around the time he won the last election.

"There's a lot to get done," he said.

Goggles said he wants to continue to see that the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes are considered in budget discussions through programs like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

He also wants ensure the Wyoming Business Council and Wyoming Water Development Fund are maintained, along with adequate funding for schools, including those on the reservation.

"Those are contingent areas that need to be constantly monitored," Goggles said, adding he wants to "continue to be part of that oversight."

Health care and jobs are other areas he said he will keep an eye on.

"I know we have a problem with alcohol," he said, noting he wants to continue state support for the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center in Riverton.

After-care should be part of treatment strategies, he added.

"Solid waste is a huge concern," Goggles said.

He would like the reservation to have its own collection system and believes with state help it could happen. He also said solid waste disposal is a county problem and would require work between the tribes, county and state governments to come to a solution.

After eight years on the job, Goggles feels like he understands the job and how to get things done.

"I have grasped the workings of the Wyoming legislative process on the House of Representatives side," he said. "I know what an informed decision is."

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